dial indicator showing good health Employees who are encouraged to go to the doctor for their annual check-up are less likely to call in sick in or spend hours in the waiting room of an urgent care center. (Photo: Shutterstock)

From telemedicine to gym discounts to lunchtime exercise classes, more businesses are encouraging employees to take charge of their own health. These benefits—paired with the $5,655 employers pay on average towards employee’s health insurance premiums each year—add up to a big investment on behalf of employee health.

A big investment is expected for any business that wants to recruit and retain strong, capable, and loyal employees. One study found that 75 percent of employees are more likely to stay with their employer because of the benefits program. Businesses can make strides towards building a successful company by encouraging their employees to be proactive about their health and wellness.

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